Leveraging Skills and Perspectives of Disabled Employees for Competitive Advantage

Employees with disabilities have unique skills and perspectives on managing tasks. Their creativity is a source of innovation for a broader market strategy.
- By Jeremiah Prince

People with disabilities are entering the mainstream corporate workforce in greater numbers. Culturally speaking, the world of disability has been defined in terms of medical conditions that impair people physically, emotionally or mentally. There is a transformation of attitudes occurring as employers recognize that people with disabilities are as productive as those without impairments, if given a minimum amount of accommodation.

It is a step in the right direction, but the new attitude still fails to recognize that people with disabilities have unique skills and perspectives that can be leveraged to access a broader customer market with new products and services that serve people with and without disabilities. A culture of inclusion in the workplace can generate creat...

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